Roses of the Heart (tm)
The installation examines the exploitation of mainly white 'slaves' - convict women - and considers the contemporary exploitation of humans, especially female workers, via sweat shops in the manufacturing industry. Christina conceived the cloth bonnet symbol as a signifier of the convict women's worth - their economic value to Australia's prosperity. Contemporary industry now often chooses to remain competitive through the use of 'sweat shop labour'. The artist raises the notion of exploitation and poses the question has society learnt from past mistakes.
From a distance the bonnet Memorial will give the impression that all the bonnets are identical. On closer inspection every bonnet will be different.
Convict Bonnets "Roses from the Heart"
For the 25,266 convict woman who endured much but received so little recognition.
"Something special, a rose for an English/Irish rose, uprooted from all that was familiar and dear to them; a heart to show the tribute is made with sincerity and empathy; from descendants, with love; from the public, with empathy".
Christina invites people throughout the world to make a bonnet tribute to commemorate the value of a convict woman's life. A servant's bonnet is used as the template bonnet as many convict women were assigned to work amongst the community in private residences as domestic help. The choice of white or cream cloth is also important.
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Bonnets & Boats
In 2008 Christina's Bonnets and Boats exhibition was celebrated at Parramatta. The installation of 102 bonnets represented the 102 Irish female convicts who were transported on the Lady Rowena in 1826...more..